I’ve had my fair share of flying red-eye flights. Although I hate it, I’d rather do that than to do connect flight. Sometimes my only option for a direct flight is a red-eye flight.
No matter what you do, you won’t feel 100% yourself the next day, but I’ve found some ways to make it tolerable.
How to prepare for red-eye flight
1. Book window seat – I actually prefer aisle seat because I drink a lot of water and it’s just easier for me to get up and not bother anyone. However, when I fly a red-eye flight, I try to go to sleep so I am not even awake to drink water. The best part about the window seat is that you can also rest your head. You also don’t have to get up if other passengers want to get up and use the restroom.
2. Dress for sleep – I always wear pajama when I fly unless I’m going for an interview. I like to be comfortable especially at night. I get cold easily, so I always bring a pair of my fuzzy socks and a sweater. Sometimes I even bring my little blanket.
3. Eat a small meal at home – eat something light at home. You don’t want a heavy meal before you board. It will help your stomach digest easier and you’ll also feel lighter.
4. Brush your teeth – I always do this before I leave the house so that when I get there, I’m ready to go to bed. I prepare myself mentally for bed
5. Avoid caffeine or beverages – Avoid eating and drinking caffeinated drinks. Remember…you’re ready for bed. You don’t want anything to keep you awake.
6. Earplugs and eye mask – If you’re sensitive to noise and light, then invest in those items to help you sleep. I don’t like earplugs but eye mask would help.
7. Travel neck pillow – I found a really nice one at Marshall in preparation for my trip to Asia and it worked so well. I didn’t like the more expensive one I got from Amazon and had to return it. You need to find one that is high enough that it can hold your neck in place.
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What are some ways you have done to make your flight more enjoyable?